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    Hi. What anime out there accurately reflects Japanese culture?

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    I'm not really sure, but I guess Digimon Tamers(Season 3) uses some.


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    "Naruto". Because of all the Ninja's, and all of the places looked really Kyoto-like. Most of the music was done using Japanese style instruments too which was cool.
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    Yeah, However, theres no such thing as Japan or China in Naruto.


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    Is there any anime about Japanese culture that's normal?

    Just about normal people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mavericker View Post
    Is there any anime about Japanese culture that's normal?

    Just about normal people?
    THERE ARE MILLIONS OF ANIME about normal people.
    I can name so many that it wouldn't even be funny.

    Anime though, IS Japanese culture. So you can't really say any particular anime that depicts Japanese Culture.

    Then again Lucky Star is something that represents a bit of a Japanese High School girl's life MIGHT be like...

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    Death Note.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Stone View Post
    Death Note.
    That's a show about DEMONIC MONSTERS and WITCHCRAFT.

    Quote Originally Posted by Balance View Post
    THERE ARE MILLIONS OF ANIME about normal people.
    I can name so many that it wouldn't even be funny.

    Anime though, IS Japanese culture. So you can't really say any particular anime that depicts Japanese Culture.

    Then again Lucky Star is something that represents a bit of a Japanese High School girl's life MIGHT be like...
    Name a few that are realistic-name some that feature JAPANESE characters that LOOK JAPANESE.
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    You could always try looking in the Feudal Era Anime and Manga.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mavericker View Post
    Name a few that are realistic-name some that feature JAPANESE characters that LOOK JAPANESE.
    Try "Rurouni Kenshin". Set in Kyoto in the edo era if I recall. Old Anime classic. That is probably as realistic as you are going to get by far! Trust me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Stone
    I'm not really sure, but I guess Digimon Tamers(Season 3) uses some.
    No.

    Quote Originally Posted by Amray
    "Naruto". Because of all the Ninja's, and all of the places looked really Kyoto-like. Most of the music was done using Japanese style instruments too which was cool.
    That's hardly expressive of Japanese culture at all. The most cultural it gets is naming characters after historical or mythological people.

    Quote Originally Posted by Balance
    Then again Lucky Star is something that represents a bit of a Japanese High School girl's life MIGHT be like...
    Lucky Star is a low comedy, with humor targetted an the anime community in general. It just happens to have some schoolgirls in it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Stone
    Death Note.
    Deathnote is more...culturally neutral, or rather, reflects a global culture.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mavericker
    That's a show about DEMONIC MONSTERS and WITCHCRAFT.
    There's no "witchcraft" in it. It uses a fictional after-life, in which a human boy obtains the same means which fictional "death gods" use to preform their duties as "gods of death".

    And, the concept of Shinigami, "gods of death", is a part of Japanese mythology, though Deathnote presents it in its own manner.

    Quote Originally Posted by Amray
    Try "Rurouni Kenshin". Set in Kyoto in the edo era if I recall. Old Anime classic. That is probably as realistic as you are going to get by far! Trust me.
    It's about as realistic as Superman comics.

    If you want something that accurately reflects Japanese culture, I don't believe there is a single anime that will accomplish that. Many anime contain many different bits and pieces of various parts of Japanese culture and mythology. Tactics, for example, deals with the mythological Tengu, and various forest spirits and so forth, which can be found in Shinto, Japan's original religion.

    If you want more modern day culture, there are series such as Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei which, more or less subliminally, comment on the state of society in Japan.

    Most series that are "realistic" tend to be comedic or romance series.

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    I got confused for a second, Death Note doesn't use culture and all that, however it does uses the word "Japan". So yeah, that's not the case, so my bad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Balance View Post
    THERE ARE MILLIONS OF ANIME about normal people.
    I can name so many that it wouldn't even be funny.

    Anime though, IS Japanese culture. So you can't really say any particular anime that depicts Japanese Culture.

    Then again Lucky Star is something that represents a bit of a Japanese High School girl's life MIGHT be like...
    Quote Originally Posted by Xero XIII View Post
    No.



    That's hardly expressive of Japanese culture at all. The most cultural it gets is naming characters after historical or mythological people.



    Lucky Star is a low comedy, with humor targetted an the anime community in general. It just happens to have some schoolgirls in it.



    Deathnote is more...culturally neutral, or rather, reflects a global culture.



    There's no "witchcraft" in it. It uses a fictional after-life, in which a human boy obtains the same means which fictional "death gods" use to preform their duties as "gods of death".

    And, the concept of Shinigami, "gods of death", is a part of Japanese mythology, though Deathnote presents it in its own manner.


    These creatures are IDOLS and they give people the power to "see" people's life-lines. THAT'S IDOLATRY AND WITCHCRAFT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mavericker View Post
    These creatures are IDOLS and they give people the power to "see" people's life-lines. THAT'S IDOLATRY AND WITCHCRAFT.
    They aren't "idols" because they aren't worshipped. Most people in the show aren't even aware of their existance, and believe in the afterlife as people in the real world do. And it isn't witchcraft. You seriously need to look up the definition of witchcraft or something. Witchcraft is the use of dark magic and the like. The way the series set it up, the boy is using a power given to him by the fictional divine rulers created by the show.

    Also, fiction is fiction. No need to get so strung out over it. O_o

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xero XIII View Post
    They aren't "idols" because they aren't worshipped. Most people in the show aren't even aware of their existance, and believe in the afterlife as people in the real world do. And it isn't witchcraft. You seriously need to look up the definition of witchcraft or something. Witchcraft is the use of dark magic and the like. The way the series set it up, the boy is using a power given to him by the fictional divine rulers created by the show.

    Also, fiction is fiction. No need to get so strung out over it. O_o
    You're making excuses to watch the show-it still goes against my beliefs-the show is mainly about a young man playing God.

    I don't like it anyway-it irritates me to no end.

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    Onimusha?I'm not sure, i think it looks kinda Japanese.
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    I think Aishiteruze Baby sort of reflects Japanese culture in some ways. Like the family life and stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mavericker View Post
    Name a few that are realistic-name some that feature JAPANESE characters that LOOK JAPANESE.
    You give me names of cartoons that features Americans that LOOK AMERICAN.

    Quote Originally Posted by Xero XIII View Post
    Lucky Star is a low comedy, with humor targetted an the anime community in general. It just happens to have some schoolgirls in it.
    Never said it was a fact. Saying that it MIGHT be like Japanese culture. Never said it really was. Hard to really say one specific one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mavericker View Post
    These creatures are IDOLS and they give people the power to "see" people's life-lines. THAT'S IDOLATRY AND WITCHCRAFT.
    What about The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy?
    That makes more sense than most anime.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mavericker View Post
    You're making excuses to watch the show-it still goes against my beliefs-the show is mainly about a young man playing God.

    I don't like it anyway-it irritates me to no end.
    What in the world are you talking about?
    What show are you trying to repent?
    Also, don't feel that the world will abide to your beliefs.
    If you don't like it, don't complain to the world.
    Excuses...you're giving excuses as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amray View Post
    "Naruto". Because of all the Ninja's, and all of the places looked really Kyoto-like. Most of the music was done using Japanese style instruments too which was cool.
    What about stuff about modern-day Japan?
    Are there any animes about Japanese street gangs?

    Lupin the III and Speed Racer are the only ones I can think of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mavericker View Post
    Are there any animes about Japanese street gangs?
    The only series I could think of is GTO. Great Teacher Onizuka. The main character is an ex-gang member who plans to be the best teacher in Japan. There're many parts showing Japanese street gangs. I don't know about the anime, but the manga was entertaining and interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balance View Post
    You give me names of cartoons that features Americans that LOOK AMERICAN.



    Scooby-Doo? Archie? Josie and the Pussycats? GI Joe?

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    To put a long story short, culture in fiction reflects what the people in country want to see themselves as. If you want accurate knowledge of a culture, read a book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mavericker View Post
    Scooby-Doo? Archie? Josie and the Pussycats? GI Joe?
    Fat Albert? GI Joe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Datenshi View Post
    To put a long story short, culture in fiction reflects what the people in country want to see themselves as. If you want accurate knowledge of a culture, read a book.
    Yup thats right. Even if I've never been to Japan. I feel like the animes I see is not really what Japan is even if it's set in a school or something. If you wanna know about Japanese culture then watch a documentary or as what Datenshi said, read a book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Stone View Post
    I'm not really sure, but I guess Digimon Tamers(Season 3) uses some.
    I think the anime that describe japan culture is Batosai Samurai X...
    you can look from the culture, politic and traditional clothes.

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